Are Netbooks Dead? The Prognosis Is Grim
Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:58 PM
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:20 PM
If/when it wears out - I'll be looking to buy another the same.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:40 AM
But the netbook form factor is now the typical PC purchase in many developing countries and is largely responsible for the high adoption rates of Windows 7 (in the form of Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Basic) in those developing countries that I do business with. Some governments in developing countries have already initiated policies where these machines are being supplied free of cost to some of their students and teachers in the public school systems.
Yes, these are niche areas, but they're really big niches, so it would be a mistake to dismiss their potential value as a mass market. The developing world accounts for almost 70% of the planet's population of 7 billion, an even larger percentage of the world's children and is the only zone left for the PC industry to get large numbers of first time PC buyers.
From where I sit, the only obstacle that I see hindering future adoption of netbooks in the developing world is the emergence of the smartphone. These devices are becoming increasingly affordable to own, thanks to rapidly lowering prices combined with carrier subsidization. There are already billions of folks in the developing world who own feature phones but have never owned a PC. The smartphone is a natural fit.
I noticed the author brought up ultrabooks. Quite frankly, if expensive ultrabooks become the PC standard in Western nations in the future and manufacturers terminate sales of netbooks, I predict that the PC itself will again become a niche device in the developing world as people will skip the more expensive ultrabook in favor of smartphones. At that point, it would be 'game over' for any hopes that the PC industry had of expanding into the developing world en masse.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 06:03 AM
Posted 21 February 2012 - 02:55 PM
Worldwide sales dropped from 9.2 to 6.4 million units per quarter over 2 years.
Yes, a big drop - but netbooks are still selling at 6.4 million a quarter!
Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:27 PM
They should ditch the ridiculous 10 inch from factor and focus on the 11.6 and 12.1 form factors.10 inch screens make sense on tablets not keyboard attached no touch input screens.
They should get pricing right. Ditch HDMI port,limit USB ports to two and a reasonably resolution screen to keep the manufacturing price in check.
And high powered CPUs/GPUs arent required for todays computing tasks.People rarely game on a netbook.So an average cpu/gpu is enough for basic computing on a netbook.
All these with a decent keyboard will be good to go.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:31 AM
AMD did well to not get their "netbooks" branded as such. Instead they have marketed them a class higher based on thier better Graphics performance and no artificial "netbook restrictions" - case in point being display size and resolution. The consumers dont seem to mind the higher price too and are happy with the package even though the processor is slower then celeron/sempron PCs
This post has been edited by marees: 22 February 2012 - 11:33 AM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:27 AM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 11:27 AM
But these days, I use my Mini for trips only - at home, though I could use it, I find myself gravitating to more spacious machines. I can put up with the Mini's cramped confines better while traveling, when I appreciate the light weight and compact size.
It still works well for what I want, so I don't see myself replacing it anytime soon. At some point it won't fill the bill anymore. Then we'll see what my needs are and what's out there to meet them. If I were to replace it today, it would be with a tablet/keyboard combination, like the Lenovo or Transformer tablets, or maybe even an iPad with a BT keyboard.
My netbook has done a good job! And I had fun hackintoshing it. I don't see myself buying another one, though.